MPs Plan to Challenge Charles over Camilla's Spending; TOP AIDES WILL BE SUMMONED TO EXPLAIN WHY SHE SHARES HIS STAFF AS WELL AS HIS HOUSE

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MPs Plan to Challenge Charles over Camilla's Spending; TOP AIDES WILL BE SUMMONED TO EXPLAIN WHY SHE SHARES HIS STAFF AS WELL AS HIS HOUSE


Byline: ROBERT JOBSON

PRINCE CHARLES faces a parliamentary grilling over the cost of Camilla Parker Bowles in the first public inquiry into his finances.

MPs will question two of the Prince's top aides about his income from the Duchy of Cornwall.

It has emerged that he has received a 300per cent pay rise over the past decade, with a jump of [pounds sterling]2 million last year.

MPs want to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money and that Mrs Parker Bowles, who has no official role, is being funded solely by Charles personally from taxed income.

One senior public accounts committee source said: "The Duchy is a very profitable organisation established with the main purpose of covering the cost of the heir apparent's public and private life.

"That, as far as I am aware, does not include his live-in partner. It is something worthy of scrutiny."

Insiders say it will be part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the Prince's business interests by the 16 cross-party MPs on the committee.

On Monday, two of Charles's top financial aides - Duchy of Cornwall secretary Bertie Ross and chief executive Paul Clarke - will be questioned.

Last summer, Charles took the unprecedented step of revealing his financial commitment to Mrs Parker Bowles in his first annual review. …

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